Palestinian poll: Support for Hamas has tripled in West Bank

88 percent want Abbas to resign according to new opinion poll

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OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM – A wartime opinion poll among Palestinians published on Wednesday shows a rise in support for Hamas group, even in the devastated Gaza Strip, and an overwhelming rejection of Western-backed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, with nearly 90 percent saying he must resign.اضافة اعلان

The Palestinians have not held elections since 2006, when Hamas won a parliamentary majority.

The poll shows 57 percent of respondents in Gaza and 82 percent in the West Bank believe Hamas was correct in launching its October 7 attack. A large majority believes Hamas’s claims that it acted to “defend” the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and win the release of Palestinian security prisoners. Only 10 percent say they believed Hamas has committed war crimes, with a large majority saying they did not see videos showing the group's fighters committing atrocities.

According to Times of Israel overall, 88 percent want Abbas to resign, up by 10 percentage points from three months ago. In the West Bank, 92 percent call for the resignation of the Palestinian leader who has presided over an administration widely seen as corrupt, autocratic and ineffective.

At the same time, 44 percent in the West Bank say they support Hamas, up from just 12 percent in September. In Gaza, the group enjoys 42 percent support, up from 38 percent three months ago.

Support for the PA has declined further, with nearly 60 percent now saying it should be dissolved.

With survey results indicating a further erosion of the PA’s legitimacy, at a time when there’s no apparent path toward restarting credible negotiations on Palestinian statehood, the default for postwar Gaza is open-ended Israeli control, says pollster Khalil Shikaki.

“Israel is stuck in Gaza,” Shikaki told The Associated Press ahead of the publication of the survey’s results by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR).

“Maybe the next [Israeli] government will decide that Netanyahu is not right in putting all these conditions, and they might decide to withdraw unilaterally from Gaza. But the default for the future, for Israel and Gaza, is that Israel is in full reoccupation of Gaza.”

The survey was conducted among 1231 people in the West Bank and Gaza from November 22 to December 2, with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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